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  • Location:Melbourne, Australia
  • Duration:3 hours (approx.)

Central Melbourne Walking Tour

Get the inside scoop on Melbourne’s history and highlights with this entertaining, 3-hour walking tour. Learn about Melbourne’s early settlers and how the city transitioned from a 19th-century port town to Victoria’s modern capital. Your local guide will lead you through central Melbourne’s iconic laneways and arcades and fill you in on landmarks like Flinders Street Station, Federation Square and the Melbourne Cricket Ground. 


  • Cultural city walking tour in Melbourne
  • Visit the famous laneways and arcades of the Melbourne CBD
  • Learn about the city’s diverse history and culture
  • Discover the sporting fever that grips the Melbourne year round
  • See parks, the Yarra River and civic spaces

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What You Can Expect

Central Melbourne Walking Tour

Flinders Street Station

Spend an afternoon discovering the hidden gems and larger-than-life attractions of central Melbourne. Meet up with your local guide at the modern architectural expanse of Federation Square. Here, near the banks of the winding Yarra River, get an introduction to the layout and history of the city. Learn about the political events and patterns of immigration that helped create Melbourne’s distinct and diverse culture. 

Explore the city’s photogenic laneways and arcades, where the aroma of coffee and fresh-baked goods wafts through a labyrinth of charming cafés and shops. Admire the vibrant street art that adorns many alleyways in the modern metropolis, which is home to a thriving artistic and music scene. 

No tour of Melbourne is complete without mention of sports. The city’s athletic impulse is on display at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Rod Laver Arena and other venues that host internationally adored sporting competitions like the Australian Open and the Melbourne Cup.

During the 3-hour walking tour, you’ll cover about 2.5 miles (4 km) and gain fresh insight into Victoria’s culturally rich capital.

Customer Reviews

Teresa M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Awesome tour. Recommended to anyone visiting Melbourne, even if they have been there before. The history is interesting and delivered in an entertaining way.

Edward S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Excellent tour by very knowledgeable and interesting guide. I would strongly recommend.

Paul M Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

As a resident of Melbourne for more than 30 years I was taken to places I had never seen before. Tour guide was great.

Janine T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Great host, provided lots of tales about Old Melbourne and new info about the buildings and the environment.

James L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

I really enjoyed the walking tour. The guide was amazing. He patiently answered all my questions, and provided comprehensive information and stories of various spots in Melbourne. Totally recommended!

Clement Yik Min T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Guide was very informative and knowledgeable about the city's history and present,

Ellen B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Chris is an amazing guide. He approach is just the right balance of interesting stories and history. I would highly, highly recommend his tour. I also love that he is a one man operation, not a large company. Melbourne is his passion, and it comes thru. You will enjoy meeting him and spending time together.

Fiona S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Tour guide Chris was very friendly, very approachable and provided a huge amount of very interesting info - we live an hour out of Melb so are technically local but learned so much about our own city. Loved the details and stories of the alley ways, the arcades, the history and the architecture/buildings. It's amazing how we can walk around and not really see what's there until things are pointed out to us. Loved every bit of the tour. A complete package. Thanks

Daljeet M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

A great tour which took us throughout the city and the lane ways - this was my first time in Melbourne and I did the tour three hours after landing so it was a brilliant way to get an overview/history of the city.

Karen M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Excellent afternoon with Chris. Thoroughly enjoyed the tour only sorry we had to peel off a bit early to catch our train. Will definitely bring other visitors in future and happily recommend the tour to friends and family. At around three hours, you cover a bit of ground but the walk is at an easy pace. Chris is knowledgeable and obviously loves his city. Thanks Chris. Karen and France August 2015

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